30th Annual Youth Hunter Safety Tournament is a Success

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Forbush High’s “Red Team” won in senior division.RALEIGH, N.C. (April 30, 2008)– The 30th annual Youth Hunter Safety Tournament saw perennial favorites emerge again as overall champions, but plenty of newcomers joined the winners’ ranks in other competition categories.

Fall Creek are the state champions in the junior division.Held Saturday, April 26, at Millstone 4-H Center near Ellerbe, this year’s event saw a record number of participants and a near-record number of spectators. Forbush High School’s “Red Team” won outright honors in the senior division, while Fall Creek Elementary was tops in the junior division. Several first-time teams also competed. Winners will be posted online, once scores are certified.

Rifle range competition, under the watchful eye of a wildlife officer and the range master.

Presented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as an opportunity to showcase outdoor skills and demonstrate safety, the tournament tests teams and individuals in rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader and archery marksmanship, as well as an orienteering challenge.

“The level of talent shown by these young people is always outstanding,” said Capt. Chris Huebner, the state’s hunting safety coordinator. “But I have to tell you, the dedication demonstrated by the parents and coaches, and the hunter education instructors and other volunteers, is what makes for the success of this event. You can see the real value of the hunter education program and what it means to the community reflected in everyone here today.”

A component of the Hunter Education Program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, competition is open to teams from middle and high schools, both public and private. Home-schooled students and teams representing organizations such as 4-H or Future Farmers of America also can compete, provided they meet eligibility requirements.

While the Youth Hunter Safety Tournament is for students 18 and under, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission offers free hunter education to all ages in every county. Successful completion of the course is required for all first-time hunting license buyers in North Carolina. For Hunter Education Program course schedules, game regulations and additional information, click here or call (919) 707-0031.